Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says the club’s contrasting form against the top and bottom half of the Premier League will be fixed as Jurgen Klopp continues to build his side.
The weekend draw with Manchester City means Klopp’s side has collected 20 from 30 points against the rest of the top six. In fact, they are unbeaten against the current Premier League top ten.
That has made their blemishes against struggling sides more infuriating but, like his manager, Lallana sees a base from which to build.
“You would rather the problem this way around rather than struggling to get points against the top teams,” said Lallana.
“I’m sure it will be easier to correct and get points against the teams who are scrapping against relegation in the future. We know we need to work on that and our record against them needs to be better. We will continue to do that.”
Lallana said he was devastated with the miss that would have earned his side a crucial victory over City.
Despite an outstanding performance, Lallana’s spurned opportunity proved one of the most memorable moments of a thrilling game at The Etihad.
The England man is hoping it won’t prove too critical in the chase for Champions League place and felt compelled to apologise to his team mates.
“My eyes lit up, I just thought to myself if I get some connection on this, it’s a goal,” said Lallana.
“It just took a bounce in front of me, I might have just taken my eyes off the ball for a second and got excited. Argh! Oh, I’m absolutely gutted. It could have proven to be the winner and it was a big moment in the game. I’m so disappointed with it.
“I went into the dressing room and said sorry to them all. That’s the way I felt. I put my hands up. To not hit the target… it was a chance I should have hit the target with and probably should have scored. I apologised for not hitting the target but the lads were fine. It’s one of those things, isn’t it? They happen sometimes.
“I’m only disappointed not to score it because it could have been the difference. It was a great game to play in and I’m sure it was a great game for the neutral to watch. Two top teams playing football like that. These are the games you want to be involved in.”
Lallana added: “It’s a mixture of emotions. I felt when we got the goal, we were dangerous and looked as if we would get the second. I felt if we got the second, we would have put the game to bed. We knew they were going to have 10 or 15 minutes where they put us under pressure and then they put De Bruyne out wide and his delivery, in the end, was the difference. But it was a great game to be involved in and a point, possibly, was a fair result. It’s a good point.”